From keeping kids engaged to helping them remember their lessons, activity-based learning has numerous benefits – which can be a great way to teach your kids in Sunday school!
At first it might feel a little overwhelming. I can barely handle a classroom of kids, and now you want me to have them running around doing activities?! But no fear – if you have the right tools in place an activity-based Sunday school lesson can run just as smoothly as any other type of lesson.
Before you get started check out these ABC’s to help you!
Always be prepared
The Boy Scouts promise comes in handy as you’re planning out an activity-based learning lesson. Scout Oath: “On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country and to obey the scout law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”. Between you and your volunteers, spend time getting to know the lesson, what the kids will be doing, and goals of what they will learn from the lesson.
Many curricula that offer activity-based learning techniques give you a guide of what you need to know before you get started, including outlining volunteer needs and a list of supplies.
Build in extra time
During the lesson, it never hurts to have some extra time for kids to take part in the activity, especially if they are moving around between activities. In addition, think about having some extra time at the beginning to get them going and at the end to wrap up.
Check out resources to help
If you are interested in an activity-based lesson for your Sunday school, you don’t have to do all the work! Check out a Sunday school option that does it for you, such as Spark Rotation. Spark Rotation features a workshop-based approach, this way your kids learn about key Bible stories through activities like art, cooking, drama, and digital media and technology, among others.
Interested in trying out an activity-based approach for your Sunday school classroom? Learn more about Spark Rotation and see samples here!